MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – An on-duty Memphis Police officer is charged after investigators say he assaulted a med tech at Regional One Hospital over a hot dog.
According to the police affidavit, it happened at the hospital in the police holding area about noon on September 20th. The med tech told investigators she went to the police holding area to borrow equipment for her unit when she saw they were having a cookout. She said she asked an RN in police holding if she could have a hot dog, and was told she could. But she said Officer Ralph Confer, 47, then told her she couldn’t.
The med tech said she left the police holding area and returned a short time later, and another employee told her she could have a hot dog. The med tech told investigators she headed to the breakroom to fix a hot dog, when Officer Confer followed her.
The med tech told police that Confer slapped the hot dog bun out her hand, told her she couldn’t have one, then asked her to leave out the back door. According to the affidavit, the med tech said she couldn’t leave out the back door and told him she had to leave out the front door. She said Confer then told her she had to leave where he told her, and began to corral her toward the back door.
At that point, the med tech said Confer picked her up by both arms, causing her to slam her head into cabinets in the breakroom. She said Confer then threw her on the ground, put a knee in her back, handcuffed her, and then put her in the female holding cell. The med tech said Confer never advised her she was under arrest, nor explained any charges to her. She said another nurse called her supervisor, who came to police holding. It was then that Confer released her to the supervisor.
According to the police affidavit, the med tech suffered a hematoma to the top of her head and bruising on both arms and her shin.
Confer was arrested and charged with assault. He is currently out of jail on $100 bond.